1 June 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Retract flawed XMRV study, asks journal
Science, the journal that published a study that found a link between the human retrovirus XMRV and CFS, has asked the authors to retract the study because it was seriously flawed. One of the original study’s authors, Annette Whittemore, said that further studies could not replicate their results because they had not used the same methods, and it was premature to ask for their paper to be withdrawn.
Wall Street Journal, online
The Times, p 4
M.E. research seminar in Liverpool
Liverpool M.E. support group invites healthcare professionals to take part in its seminar tonight on up-to-the minute research about M.E. It will be led by Professor Malcolm Hooper, GP Dr Irving Spurr and Joan Crawford, Chair of Chester and Wirral M.E. Self-Help Group.
Liverpool Echo, p 18 and online
Hypothyroidism wrongly diagnosed as M.E.
In a letter to the editor, Sheila Turner of independent user-led organisation Thyroid Patient Advocacy says one in four people is estimated to be affected by hypothyroidism, and up to 250,000 are wrongly diagnosed as having M.E., CFS or fibromyalgia.
Telegraph and Argus, online
Support in Swindon
Swindon M.E. Support Group welcomes new members. It meets on the third Wednesday of every month at Park South Community Centre, 7pm to 9pm. For more information, visit www.swindonmesupportgroup.org.
Swindon Advertiser, p 6
Photography exhibition exploring M.E.
Juliet Chenery-Robson, whose 19-year-old daughter Emilia has M.E., is exhibiting photographs documenting the misunderstanding about the illness. You can see her work at the Gemini Building, South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee.
Peterlee Star, p 8
Variety show fundraiser
Hannah Miller, who has had M.E. for more than three years, hopes to have raised about £800 for the M.E. Association via a variety show she organised.
Maldon Standard, p 12
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